Miles “Pudge” Halter, is a fifteen-year-old “good kid”. Up until now, Pudge has been going day by day without really living his life, and he is ready for that to change. With his love for last words, his favorite being those of French poet Francois Rabelais - “I go to seek a Great Perhaps”, Pudge moves to the sometimes unstable, highly erratic, and anything-but-ordinary life of Culver Creek Boarding School. He is setting off on a new journey, ready to find his own Great Perhaps. He quickly befriends his roommate and a few other classmates, including, most importantly, one Alaska Young. Alaska Young is the beautiful, eccentric, spontaneous, self-destructive, screwed-up, and endlessly fascinating girl down the hall that pulls Pudge headfirst into her world of pranks, smoking, good music, love and alcohol. Almost instantly, Pudge’s heart is stolen and his life is turned upside down.
Looking For Alaska is a remarkable coming-of-age novel that dives into the never ending perks and struggles of being a teenager. It is a character-driven novel of such outstanding talent that will leave you finding pieces of yourself within Pudge and Alaska. Looking For Alaska changed my life completely, quite similar to how Alaska changed Pudge’s. I was picked up and dropped head first into the controversial lives of all the student’s lives at Culver Creek Boarding. I pictured myself lingering at their side as they walked down the dorm halls, sat at the smoking pit, and planned pranks at the swing set. With its penetrating writing and vivid, dynamic characters, Looking For Alaska will always be the book you compare every following book to. Personally, I would recommend this near flawless read to matured teens and young adult readers of both genders who are craving an addictive read you won’t be able to put down. Although it still stands as one of my all-time favourite reads, I did find some petite snippets of the novel to drag on and become a slight bore at times. Other than that, it was a near flawless read. Looking For Alaska is heart touching, eccentric, and will leave you speechless.